Hotel Le Marais
What We Love
- Perfect French Quarter spot on Conti Street, between Bourbon Street’s debauchery and Royal Street’s antique shops
- Free: WiFi, a welcome drink at Vive! bar and a simple continental breakfast
- Shady brick courtyard with a small saltwater pool
What To Know
- Despite its proximity to one of the biggest parties on the planet, this is no party hotel
- The hotel bar is small and best for a happy hour sip by the pool
- No room service or restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A resemblance to Starwood’s boutique single-letter brand is undeniable, down to the violet hues, oversize armchairs and glossy finishes in the diminutive lobby and bar; the huge black-and-white photos by Bonita Waesche of the Louisiana bayou provide just enough sense of place. Outside, a leafy brick courtyard mixes Big Easy charm — foliage and gas lamps, with wrought iron and plantation shutters above — with mod patio furniture around a small pool and mood lighting after dark.
Bed and Bath
Most of Le Marais’s 66 guestrooms wrap around the courtyard, though some look out over Conti Street, and are a serene oasis from the madness outside. The palette of violet, rose and black in the lobby carries over into the sparkling guestrooms, where it’s limited to striped carpeting and accent pillows. Dark wood furniture adds a touch of elegance, and an iPod/iPhone dock, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a large desk with an ergonomic chair and speedy WiFi keep you connected to the modern world. Behind a sliding door the black tile bathroom features a walk-in shower, mounted magnifying mirror and waffle robes.
So much of your time in the Big Easy is spent drinking, often at a bar or around a dinner table, but sometimes wandering down the street. Le Marais’s bar, Vive!, hosts a lovely happy hour where you can sip a Sazerac by the pool — or in the pool, if you wish.
In the Area
New Orleans is the home of the cocktail, and every sip comes with a story. Start your boozy odyssey off with the classics and see where they take you. Napoleon House was once offered up as a refuge to the exiled Petit Caporal and today is known for its Pimm’s Cup, an Anglophile fave mixing a splash of lemonade and soda with Pimm’s No. 1. Then get dizzy on Vieux Carrés (rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine and bitters) at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge, a former haunt of Tennessee Williams, among other writers. A new breed of New York City mixologist migrated south after Hurricane Katrina to stake its claim as the city reinvents itself. SoBou pairs mixological magic by Brooklyn ex-pat RyeGirl (née Abigail Deirdre Gullo, formerly of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance) and food by the culinary team behind NOLA’s legendary Commander’s Palace. Sidle up to the bar and start with her Taylor Bird Sazerac (a Pernod absinthe rinse with cognac, Sazerac rye, bitters and a twist).
How to Get There
Hotel le Marais is an ideal spot for enjoying all the craziness of Bourbon Street. Smart and compact hotel with great staff willing to offer advice to improve your stay. Breakfast was comprehensive and the pool area very cool.
Stayed at this hotel in August. I tried using the drink coupon, the female bartender used her bare hand to grab a handful of fruit and drop it into my glass. The same hand she used to touch money. No hand washing. How Disgusting! When I asked if she had tongs, she looked at me blankly and said “No”. I declined the fruit punch. I will be filing a health department complaint.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the stay.
We had to quickly change vacation plans with the hurricane. They had a great room available at a good price, with WiFi and breakfast included, something that other similar hotels didn't include.
I would definitely go back. Thanks for the great stay!